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Neither stings nor summer heat can stop this Texas beekeeper from saving wild bees in his new reality show

Ashley Scott Davison is no stranger to dangerous encounters with wildlife. 

“I got chased by an elephant in Zambia. I got chased by a giraffe in Kenya,” the Austin filmmaker said. “But, I think it’s more demanding to film bees in Texas in the summertime.” 

Davison spent three years working on a National Geographic documentary about population decline among giraffes... | Read More

Calling all Fort Worth musicians: Amplify 817 wants to hear from you

The Fort Worth-based streaming service, Amplify817, is looking for the next round of Fort Worth musicians to promote on its service. KXT has all the info on how to apply. ... | Read More

Fort Worth’s man about town Tony Green brings good times everywhere he goes

If you need a lively, crowd-pleasing host for your event, you go to Tony Green. But, the Fort Worth native is more than just the life of the party. He has a growing media presence: an online talk show, a podcast and a local TV segment. He uses all of his varied platforms to champion the city’s cultural scene.

“My main job is to attract people to this great city,” he... | Read More

Fort Worth’s old Klan hall set to become a hub for the arts

The decrepit former Klan hall just north of downtown Fort Worth has come a step closer to becoming a performing arts center.

Transform 1012 N. Main Street announced on Tuesday that the group had purchased the building. The plan is to turn it into a performance space with resources for those the Klan worked to oppress. The group envisions arts training, services for LGBTQ+ youth, civil... | Read More

Giving birth to Western swing, mixing styles and almost becoming Nashville: It’s a new history of North Texas music.

North Texas has been a cradle of musical creativity — for everything from blues to rockabilly, gospel to Tejano. But music history books tend to focus on a single artist, a single genre or the music scene in a single city. A new book aims to embrace more, the jumble of influences and musical fusions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Co-written by Gene Fowler and William Williams,... | Read More

Dallas Symphony will offer rapid COVID tests to patrons who don’t have proof of vaccine or testing

Starting Thursday, January 13th, if you can’t prove you’re vaxed, you’ll need to pass a COVID test to attend the Dallas Symphony at the Meyerson Symphony Center. You’ll need to show proof of a vaccine, or the negative results of a test taken in the 48 hours before the performance. Otherwise, they’ll give you a rapid test at the door to the concert hall.

The... | Read More

Two Fort Worth groups get grants to pay artists for projects, residency

Two rather different Fort Worth arts organizations have been awarded more than $32,000 in grants. The money is intended for individual artists’ pockets — with the North Texas Community Foundation aiming for a more ‘grassroots’ approach to arts funding.

The two groups receiving the money are Art Tooth, the scrappy, project-oriented, artist-support collaboration,... | Read More

Scary, cheerful monsters bare their teeth in Fort Worth artist’s paintings

Every parent has probably dealt with a child’s nightmares about monsters. Fort Worth painter Katie McKay Jones has found what may be a novel method. She’s making her solo gallery debut with an exhibition of painted fears — called “Little Monsters Everywhere.”

Top row, l to r: “Butter Mouth” and “Gold-Toothed... | Read More

Our Favorite Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts Of 2021

As we inch towards the end of year two of the pandemic, the literal Tiny Desk — the one that belongs to Bob Boilen himself — remains empty in the NPR HQ. It’s hard to think of a place where so many people once gathered to celebrate and dance and sing along to their favorite artists as being lonesome — but in spirit, the Tiny Desk has been all over the world. From a high school in... | Read More

The best movies and TV of 2021, picked by NPR critics

Last week, our in-house film critic gave us his thoughts on which movies in 2021 should be considered best movies of the year. The staff at NPR have also come out with their list. NPR staffers and hosts Eric Deggans, Aisha Harris, Linda Holmes, Bob Mondello, and Glen Weldon reviewed the bounty of films and television programming that finally made it to the big and small screen this second year... | Read More

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